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From The CriticsReviewer: Jessica R Attwood, BA, MA (Children's Hospital of Minnesota)
Description: This is a deeply introspective look at how religion, culture, and history influence everyday bioethics, examining how these topics are frequently omitted from discussions and advances in bioethics.
Purpose: The purpose is to "promote serious ethical reflections and discourse in pursuit of a just society and health care that affirms the dignity and social nature of all persons." The book meets this worthy objective.
Audience: The author does not specify an audience, but it would be interesting for a variety of readers, including students, medical professionals, and people of faith. This book is a compilation of contributions from a number of authors, each of whom seems to be a credible authority.
Features: The book covers subjects such as anthropology, theology, human dignity, and advanced medicine, examining how each of these can better our understanding of science, sociology, and healthcare. What is best about this book is the range of topics covered. There is no sense of redundancy, as the book is a compilation of essays, each of which is unique in both writing style and content.
Assessment: This is a fair and thorough assessment of multiple ways of approaching issues in medicine and healthcare. Although the book is dense (which makes it a slow read), it is also pertinent and necessary to modern day medical ethics. Until reading this book, I had yet to come across something that examines the implications of moral anthropology on modern day bioethics. For this reason, this book is an invaluable addition to the fields of bioethics, religion, anthropology, and medicine.